EXPEDITIONS & FIELDWORK
At the heart of all Expeditionary Learning Schools, including The Greene School, are Learning Expeditions which combine several elements: guiding questions, kickoff experiences, projects, fieldwork, experts, service learning, and a culminating event that features student work.
As the core experience within the academic program, Expeditions explore content and skills within at least two major disciplines. We undertake an in-depth examination of a compelling topic using case studies and investigations. Expeditions include a student completed “product” that has value to an external audience. One such project on local water quality led to a presentation to city council on student findings, implications for the community, and recommendations for resolving pressing issues.
Students at The Greene School participate in extensive fieldwork, exploring the natural and social environments of their communities. Students in the field use the research tools, techniques of inquiry, and standards of presentation adopted by professionals.
Our school has developed procedures and protocols to ensure that fieldwork is safe and productive. In addition to having students conduct research outside the school, teachers bring experts from the community into the classroom. These experiences maximize students’ motivation to learn.